Specializing in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Anxiety, Obsessive Compulsive Spectrum, and Related Conditions
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Bio & Credentials

I received my Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in 2005 from The University of Georgia, with specific emphases in child psychology and the study and treatment of anxiety disorders. I completed my internship in Clinical Psychology at SUNY Upstate Medical University and a 2-year postdoctoral fellowship in Clinical Child Psychology at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. I have served as an Assistant Professor in the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurology at Hoglund Brain Imaging Center/University of Kansas Medical Center, and an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

In 2007, I joined the Kansas City Center for Anxiety Treatment (KCCAT). Over 7 years with KCCAT, I provided specialty services across all age groups, including intensive Exposure/Response Prevention (ERP) protocols for severe anxiety disorders, as well as core CBT services for anxiety, obsessive compulsive spectrum conditions, and related problems, such as depression and child behavioral issues. 

In 2015, I started my private practice within InSight Counseling, LLC where I continue my core emphasis on specialty evidence-based services for anxiety and obsessive compulsive spectrum conditions. I also serve as the current president of OCD Kansas, a local non-profit affiliate of the International OCD Foundation, dedicated to raising awareness about obsessive-compulsive and related disorders and building a community to support those affected.


 Selected presentations at scientific meetings:

Oakley, W., Kriegshauser, K., Mariaskin, A., & Jacobsen, A. (2019). My Child Isn’t Motivated for ERP, Now What? Behavior modification and ERP strategies to strengthen motivation and commitment. Workshop presented at the annual conference, International OCD Foundation, Austin, TX.

Hershfield, J., Jacobsen, A., Brady, C., & McGrath, P. (2019). Dangerous Compulsions: When Treatment is an Exposure for Clinicians. Panel discussion presented at the annual conference, International OCD Foundation, Austin, TX.

Hershfield, J., McGrath, P., Jacobsen, A., & Smith, A. (2019). Effective and Ethical Exposure Strategies for Obsessive Fear of Bodily Fluids. Panel discussion presented at the annual conference, Anxiety and Depression Association of America, Chicago, IL.

Jacobsen, A., & Kagin, E. (2018). Staying in the Game: Strengthening relapse prevention after successful treatment. Workshop presented at the annual conference, International OCD Foundation, Washington, D.C.

Smith, A., & Jacobsen, A. (2018). Strategies for enhancing motivation throughout the treatment process. Workshop presented at the annual conference, Anxiety and Depression Association of America, Washington, D.C.


Selected publications:

Smith, A., & Jacobsen, A. M. (2017). Childhood Anxiety Disorders. New York, NY: Momentum Press.

Jacobsen, A. M., & Smith, A. (2017). Symmetry and Ordering Symptoms in Children and Adolescents. In D. McKay, E. Storch, & J. Abramowitz (Eds.), Handbook of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Across the Lifespan. New York, NY: Wiley.

Young, B. J., Wallace, D. P., Imig, M., Borgerding, L., Brown Jacobsen, A. M., & Whiteside, S. P. (2013). Parenting behaviors and childhood anxiety: A psychometric investigation of the EMBU-C. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 22, 1138-1146.

Jacob, M. L., Morelen, D., Suveg, C., Brown Jacobsen, A. & Whiteside S. (2012). Emotional, Behavioral, and Cognitive Factors that Differentiate Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and other Anxiety Disorders in Youth. Anxiety, Stress, and Coping, 25, 229-37.

Vande Voort, J. L., Svecova, J., Brown Jacobsen, A., & Whiteside, S. P. (2010). Retrospective Examination of the Similarity between Clinical Practice and Manualized Treatment for Childhood Anxiety Disorders. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, 17, 322-328.

Whiteside, S. P. & Brown Jacobsen, A. (2010). An Uncontrolled Examination of a Five Day Intensive Treatment for Pediatric OCD. Behavior Therapy, 41, 414-422.

Whiteside, S. P., Brown, A., & Abramowitz, J. (2008). Five Day Intensive Treatment for Adolescent OCD: A Case Series. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 22, 495-504.